Camping in Cornwall | Best campsite for families?| Trevornick Holiday Park review

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Trevornick Holiday Park and Camping Site from the air

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Holywell Bay sand dunes

Trevornick Holiday Park and Camping Site sells itself as five-star. It’s not ‘glamping’, per se, (not Larks and Lanterns style anyway), but it does offer exactly what it says on the tin – five-star camping. Which means, hot, clean power shower blocks, lush green plots to set up on, a well-stocked onsite shop, facilities to enjoy like a heated swimming pool, spa, bar and disco room, and a couple of restaurants. There are onsite sports to take part in, including an 18-hole pitch ‘n’ putt course, and an 18-hole par-3 course – both with incredible coastal views. And that’s the star quality of the site – the super location, right next to Holywell Bay, complete with it’s king-sized sand dunes, ideal for a spot of sand surfing.


FACT PACK:

Campsite: Trevornick Holiday Park, Cornwall
Location: Holywell Bay, near Newquay
Address: Trevornick Holiday Park, Holywell Bay, Cornwall, TR8 5PW
Phone: 01637 830531
Nearest airport: Newquay
How to reach the campsite: Easily reached from the motorway, or airport
Ways to stay: Camping, motorhome spaces, Eurotents, self-catering cottages
Pool? Yes, one large family pool and one in the spa, indoors and out – with a view over to Venice, and one rooftop with a bar, also with the view
Wi-Fi? Patchy at best. Only in a few communal areas and not good signal
Perfect for: Families – they are the mainstay of guests, so lots of great family-friendly facilities, and lots of playmates!
FashCatherine credentials: The location is incredibly unique, since it is perched at the top of Holywell Bay and you can walk throughout the epic sand dunes to the beach.


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Trees in Cornwall tend to be wonky, due to the sea winds! 

ACCOMMODATION:

At Trevornick, there are a number of pitches perfect for you to ‘set up camp’. I get the feeling that many families come back year after year to the same spots. But, if you don’t fancy traipsing down to Cornwall with a car full of canvas, you can book one of the ‘Eurotents’. This is ‘ready made’ camping, which, for me, was exactly like the Eurocamp tents we used to arrive at after hours of driving down to the South of France when we were kids…

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Our home-from-home Eurotent at Trevornick

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Our Eurotent had four zipped off bedrooms with proper beds and mattresses (you take your own bedding), and the kitchen area, which came with everything you can see above – including a TV! And a table and chairs, behind me in the pic. It was cosy and convenient. And for my very tall boyfriend, it made a very nice change from having to bend so much as when we have stayed in regular tents – it’s the small things that make the biggest difference! Obviously, arriving and not having to set up a tent is also a huge bonus. Most of the site is set up for people to pitch their own tents, or park their caravans. But we were settled in quickly, and ready to explore.

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The sparklingly clean toilets and showers blocks – thumbs up for cleanliness and power of shower!

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The central site area, the Courtyard (above) has a farm shop, which sells fresh bread and pastries every morning, a Fodders restaurant (with take away hatch), a bar disco area and a gaming arcade.

WHAT TO EAT:

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There are lots of eatery choices on site. The Fodders restaurant (above) serves simple meals which will satisfy the whole family – eat in or takeaway. We had some tasty fajitas, but wish we’d chosen the curry dinner for two… Talk about food envy! There is also a Lounge Bar, Woody’s Restaurant (more of a family-friendly sports bar feel), an American Diner and an ice cream parlour. So, lots of choice. The food wouldn’t win any excellence awards, but it is simple, filling and pretty well-priced, and very family-friendly. Think, burgers, sandwiches, and the requisite fish and chips. Personally, we enjoyed heading off site for our meals – more on that, later. The Farm Club in the Courtyard has a bar and disco area, where we headed for some late night (ahem, 930pm) bingo!

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WHAT TO DO:

The Holywell Bay Fun Park is handily located right on the Trevornick site. From mini golf and a maze, to go-karts for all ages and mini train rides, there are tonnes of rides to have a go on and lots to play with. It’s the perfect way to introduce young children to fun parks, and older children will no doubt love hanging out here with their new found campsite friends. We loved the adult go-karts! You can buy wristbands and tokens to go on rides and join in the games.

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For us, the best activity at Trevornick was the endless amount of fun you can have at the beach and in the sand dunes, which are located just a short walk over the pitch ‘n’ putt golf course…

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The best view from a pitch ‘n’ putt got course we’ve ever seen

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A sand surf board is a GREAT investment when holidaying at Trevornick!

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And, when you’ve had enough of sand surfing (which is SO much fun but it does get tiring climbing back up the dunes) you can take to Holywell Bay beach for some lessons in actual surfing! We joined Holywell Bay School of Surf for a two hour beginners lesson. We were taught, in a small group, first on the sand, before we took to the waves to attempt standing upright. I’m pleased to report that we did both make it up – if only for a few second each! Nevertheless, it was fun and a real workout for the thighs. And whether you stand or not, it is fun trying, and a brilliant way to spend an afternoon at the beach and work up an appetite…

Surf lesson times

10.30 – 12.30 (check in at 10.15)

14.30 – 16.30 (check in at 14.15)

Surf lessons include

  • Full wetsuit is provided
  • Beginner foam surfboard (BSA Compulsory)
  • Expert tuition (beach safety, step by step in and out of the water)
  • FREE Holywell bay school of surf t-shirt

FURTHER AFIELD…

NEWQUAY

Visiting Cornwall can be a bit of a trek, if you are travelling in the car. So it is a good idea to make the most of your trip by travelling around. We only stayed a couple of nights this time, en route to family, but we managed to take a trip to Newquay at sunset to the Rick Stein fish and chips restaurant, which also serves tasty Indian food, and which is an absolute must visit when you are round the corner at Trevornick!

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This is the famous Fistral beach in Newquay, but there are so many beautiful bays and beaches to discover all along the Cornish coast

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THE EDEN PROJECT:

I can’t believe this visit was the first of mine that took in a trip to the grand Eden Project. Safe to say, we were absolutely bowled over by the incredible eco project and sheer scale of the place. Also, by the delicious organic food that was on the menu. Look out for a future article all about our visit to The Eden Project.

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Visit  Trevornick Holiday Park online, for more information and to book your trip to Cornwall

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The stay reviewed in this article, in August 2016, was supported by Trevornick Holiday Park.

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